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The All-Inclusiveness of Yoga and the Spiritual Life

Updated on March 14, 2018
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

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God is the Absolute Supreme, omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all wise, all knowing) and omnipresent (everywhere and in all things sentient and non-sentient). God is Spirit to us in the West, known as Consciousness in Yoga philosophy. The New Age and the physicist use a few other names such as ‘Vibrations’, ‘Energy’, ‘Force’ or ‘Self’.

Are there two Gods? No! Hinduism, or rather some Hindus, have not helped by stressing on so many gods. They know what they mean, but the Western religionist does not and so controversy arises. In Christianity, we have many fairies, angels and archangels and in the East, they have many cosmic gods. However, The Divine Entity… the Perennial Source from which all things sprung, live and have their being (Love/Light), is present in the East and goes by the name of Brahman.

Now we cannot tell an omnipotent God not to be female or male; to take a form or be formless; to be finite or infinite, to be visible or invisible … you get my drift. That is Its prerogative and so God manifests from time to time, in a perfect embodiment, which we love, according to our individual culture or Consciousness.

Some of us call this huge tidal wave Jesus, the Christ, others Sri Krishna, yet another group Siddhartha Gautama, The Buddha, as well as a few more.

Mystics say, that seen from the highest standpoint, it is not necessary to separate, as it is the same holistic Supreme, who enters into the form we call Sri Rama or Ramakrishna, or Theresa of Avila and so forth. They come at different times, with the direct call of the Absolute, to teach us Love …. to point the way to our eternal Home, which we have forgotten.

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Our Divine Origin

What is man? We are essentially body and soul. The soul, by nature, is the divine spark, which gives us life. Since it is part of God, then we are mystical or enspirited beings. It follows that just as we feed the body, so too, we need to feed the soul. This is paramount.

“What, know ye not that ye are the temple of God, that God dwells in you, and that you are not your own?” 1Corinthians, ^: 19. KJV

“The earth is the Lord’s, the world and its fullness thereof and they that dwell there in it.” Psalm, 24:1

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Yoga Philosophy

The word Yoga is similar to the English word ‘yoke.’ To bind, to bring together …. Union. The goal of Yoga is the union or oneness of the individual soul with the Supreme Soul, ceaselessly, constantly and inseparably one. The Christian mystics spoke of it as ‘Mystical Union’ or ‘Divine Marriage’ and so forth. The Satguru, the Dispeller of darkness, helps us to return Home.

Yoga philosophy teaches that we are in isolation from God and life, in a sense, is a journey of trials, designed by God Itself, to ensure our return Home. Yoga Philosophy has eight limbs and I have described them in detail in another Hub. Still, the message here is that we are all essentially candles of the same Source or Love. Only the Absolute Silence, the triple gems of Existence, Consciousness and Delight/Bliss. (Sat, Chit and Ananda).

It is narrowness, boxes or the illusion of separation, which creates problems for us. These come as the five cardinal vices, from which all our other fears and insecurities arise. Still, a fragile chicken lives in an egg and this is sometimes necessary. The five cardinal vices are:

  • · Ego, vanity or pride. (Ahamkara)The very nature of the Ego is to analyse, chop things up; use the mind. It thinks of me and mines, instead of we and ours. It enjoys separation.
  • · Anger or wrath (Krodo)
  • · Lust or passion (Kama)
  • · Attachment (Avairagya)
  • · Greed (Lobo) Note: I have described their opposites – the five cardinal virtues, in another Hub.
  • Yoga says that the secret is always to do one’s duty, but to offer up the results of the action to God. We need to feel that we are not in charge, that we have only limited capacity, so called ‘free will.’ That is why spiritual giants teach that prayer begins only when we are truly helpless, when we are finally at the point where we realise that we are in fact weak and need to rely on Something Higher

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Yoga has three gunas or modes: Sattva’s, Rajas and Tamas. These can apply to anything in life, but we generally begin by applying them to food. Stale and rotten food is tamasic, spicy is rajasic and the mild, gentle food is said to be sattvic and good for us. So too, loosely speaking, a Hitler Consciousness may be said to be rajasic and a Mother Theresa’s as sattvic. The three gunas mixes and goes up and down in life, like a pendulum.

Finally, spirituality is religion and religion is spirituality. The wise ones avoid this type of explanation, as words carry their own energies and when we speak of the religious, it may have quite negative connotations to some and create aggressiveness in others.

The point here though, is that all is God and this includes evil, by the way. Nothing is outside the Divine and so long as something has been created, it has a usefulness and purpose. The Master Planner does not make mistakes. Therefore, God is the life-tree and all else are necessary branches on the tree, even though some may be roots or stem, leaves or branches or even fruits. They are all part of the same life-tree called God, Allah and other names.


To sum up, God, the Creator and God the Creation are one. There is nothing else.

“That which does not exist can never come into existence; that which exists can never cease to be.” Sri Krishna in The Bhagavad Gita.

Saviours, Masters, Prophets, Buddha’s, Christs, are merely huge tidal waves in the same ocean of God’s Consciousness. We are all His or Hers with the same potential … the same flame burning in our Hearts. We are all brothers and sisters, or indeed God, meaning that in essence we are souls or Spirit and the body is simply a temple or vehicle, necessary for the glory of Him. We are truly mystical and made in the image of Spirit or God. Isn’t this beautiful?

Hope you find this helpful.

-Manatita, 14th march, 2018.

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Yes...yes. It is what the receptive asks for. I ' m off to Kenya in three weeks where the seekers are hungry for this knowledge. Alas! Not all are.

      Thank you for an open mind at least. It is a mark of humility.

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      Chris Mills 

      21 months ago from Kettering, Ohio through January, 2020

      This is very good. It will help me as I read your poetry and other writings. I think it must be difficult to put into concrete terminology the beautiful thoughts of the spirit. But many of us need that explanation in order to take the next step.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Thanks Rasma,

      In all good faith. Appreciations.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      21 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Thank you so much in all good faith. Blessings to you.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Ioannis,

      Thank you so much! It is a victory, God's victory, if you can lean something here, although I suspect that you already know. Salaam!

      Nikki Ji,

      I totally agree. Where there is separation, there are boxes and Love does not like boxes, it is the way of the childlike Heart and likes to identify ... to become one. Impedance of flow is never a good thing. Thank you so much!!

      Yes Eric,

      I understand. I hope it does not surprise you when I say that we as humans are actually progressing. We just grow in a spiral, that is all. Now we teach Mindfulness in some English schools and American Universities. As is always the case with the intellectual mind, they do research and this suggests that the kids are actually doing better as a result.

      So some schools are even teaching different religions now. The younger ones will most certainly benefit.

      Your passage in Matthew is so sublime! It is one of my favourite pieces. So soothing and so reassuring! Bless you, Bro.

      Sri Chinmoy teaches that fairies are real. Children can see them, but they are very delicate and not as powerful as angels. Likewise, angels are not as powerful as arch angels. But let us not invite too much of this side of things.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      21 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      This my beloved Brother is the definition of "Helpful"!

      Thank you so much!

      One in Love

      Sean

      "Μέγας είσαι Κύριε και θαυμαστά τα έργα Σου!"

    • nikkikhan10 profile image

      Nikki Khan 

      21 months ago from London

      Manatita ji!

      You’ve done excellent job here, God has ceated us to love Him and to love His human beings.

      All prophets of God have spread this mesaage, even other religions like hinduism, Sikh leader Baba GruNanak and Buddha all have spread this message.

      Jesus Christ has spread this message as well to love humans and to love God.

      We are truly God’s lights as He has created us, you’re right, I totally agree with you.

      All religions spread same message to love God and to love humans.

      Just names of God and ways of worship are different.

      So we should purify our spirit and heart through light of love in order to truly meditate with light of Eternal love which is Divine only.

      What do you say?

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very well done and worth the second read. It saddens me that so many Christians just freak out at the mention of Yoga, Meditation and heaven forbid Namaste. One of my favorite notions is; Matthew 11:

      28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am quite intrigued by your use of the term "fairies". Just interested.

      This was well worth a second read. Many of us Christians are so worried about the words "meditate" and "Yoga", and heaven forbid you use Namaste! That is very sad for me. One of my favorite Bible concepts is Matthew 11 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Elijah,

      A more complete version of Yoga:

      https://hubpages.com/workout-routines/Practising-Y... See other note also.

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      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      EliJah,

      Truly speaking, there is no dichotomy in Spirituality. You will find some of the most sublime teachings in the Beatitudes of Christ, in the Psalms and from St Paul. The work of the God-lover is never to separate, but to unite... to give the message of oneness. I have done this for eight years here, in fiction, plays, essays, stories, morals, poetry and in Q's and A's.

      I repeat that we are all one; that ALL scriptures are sacred.

      We are on the ladder of life on different rungs with different viewpoints. The Absolute Itself has designed it this way.

      I will tell you, though, that revelation and wisdom comes through prayer, meditation, self-giving, Gratitude, Love which is that longing or drive that pushes everything else.

      Without this, it is very difficult for the Heart to grow. If we wish to swim, we have to get into the water. Praise be!!

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      21 months ago from Washington DC

      Again I thank you for that information. I haven't studied Yoga but have read many writings concerning it but never got ether of those bits of knowledge. I will look up some books by early Yogis especially explaining what it is. What you said is what I see as the message of the Bible.

      I saw it in the book about Siddhartha Gautama. His life, if true, is the reverse of the "The Garden in Eden" story. He was living in a man-made palace where he was not allowed to see the opposites, slipped out, discovered them and proceeded to seek understanding of them. The Eden story has man knowing nothing about the opposites and began to judge them for the death of "the ability to comprehend all things" as the name man means. That is what I'm attempting to present in my writings.

      Aloha

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      2nd comment for Elijah.

      The great Yogi Swami Vivekananda brought Yoga to the West over 100 years ago. Some other reputable teachers followed but then came the ones who started to teach exercises (postures) calling it Yoga and unfortunately the word has stuck. Yoga is the science that teaches how the individual soul can become one with the Supreme Soul or God. It is the purer aspect of the spiritual life.

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      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Thanks Miz.

      Yes, we will all choose or Paths and rightly so. God is the designer not man. My role is just to remind some that we are all Spirit ... all Lights of the Divine.

      Thank you so much.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      What a beautiful comment! In the book Yoga And The Spiritual Life, The spiritual luminary Sri Chinmoy says quite clearly that you are the Soul ...that you are immortal.

      Thanks for your understanding.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      21 months ago from Beautiful South

      There are lots of versions of religion and spirituality, so we can pick the one that seems right to the path we are on, or none at all. But I think we can agree that we are all one of the spirit. Some just haven't awakened to that realization yet. Thank you for a good hub, my friend Manatita.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      21 months ago from Washington DC

      Brother Manatita, very well said in general terms as most of our understanding do. I have often asked what is the actual definition of Yoga but until now I never knew it meant "to unite, to combine and to 'yoke' together" so I thank you for that something I've sought for years.

      In knowing Yoga means "to combine" it reiterates my concept of integrating one's femininity into their masculinity for the purpose of becoming whole, holy and complete. Your dialog also reinforces the notion I present suggesting that "man" or "minds able to comprehend all things" on earth, and I would suppose other planets also, are going through a process of comprehending everything about ourselves and what we call god. It is very refreshing to hear those concepts expressed by someone else other than myself, it makes me know I am not alone in my understanding.

      Thank you very much, my brother.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Lol. Eric. Sometimes I say too much! A break in my usual pattern. It is the way and again not necessarily the way of the mystic.Love is easier to deal with. (chuckle)

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well this will take at least one more read. I will be back soon.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Thanks Nikki Ji.

      Prayer or Sadhana (spiritual practices) is for the very purpose that we can be like Him. Without this incentive, we will remain on the level of the brute. Furthermore, there will be no reason for the Christ, the Buddha and others to come. What do you think they are telling us? What is our goal or purpose? Reflect on this.

      My Hub is about the universality of God or Love ... that we come from this Light and are all flames of this Light. I'm not discussing religion as such. On the contrary, I'm saying that you are the greatest book that ever was and ever will be. Should you cease to exists, what is all this to you? Reflect.

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      Nikki Khan 

      21 months ago from London

      Very interesting read on different religions and their beliefs about God.

      In my point of view, God is one and He is the supreme authority.We all are His creation and we’ll return to Him.

      But we are not a part of God, He is forever and would remain like this, he doesn’t eat, He doesn’t sleep, He is everywhere, His thorne is covering the whole universe.

      We cannot be like Him as we do sleep, we eat, we can’t be everywhere, we have defects.He is complete.

      Thanks for sharing many insights of different beliefs Manatita ji!

      Bless you!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Thanks again, Rochelle. Get well. God bless your noble life.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      21 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Informative article about Yoga :) But there are no fairies involved in Christianity. Fairies are mythical creatures where as Angels are real beings. Have a blessed day :)

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